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Almost overnight, a stout fence has appeared in the place of our grizelinia hedge. This had been agreed with our neighbours who have the responsibility for it. The work is excellent.
This morning Aaron lopped more extraneous branches from large bay and holly trees.
This afternoon Jackie cut my hair and made a better job of it than the last professional. Later, she drove us to Beaulieu.
A family joined in the avian activity on the river.
The younger members perched on the grassy bank and conversed with the swans and their cygnets.
Across the other side of the tidal river, Beaulieu Abbey could be seen.
The birds found the receding waters sufficient for a paddle;
and the grown cygnets continued to clutch at their parents’ apron strings.
We had been promised a thunder storm at noon. This did not arrive, but the louring clouds overhead decanted their heavy rain purely in order to put a stop to my photo session.
There was nothing for it but to walk up the main street to join Jackie where she was enjoying hot chocolate in the garden centre. By the time we drove back past the river the tide was out.
For our dinner this evening Jackie produced roast lamb, roast potatoes and parsnips, crunchy carrots and runner beans, with gravy, even though she said it herself, “to die for”. I finished the malbec and the Culinary Queen drank sparkling water.